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Friday, February 12, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (AST) -
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Smathers Library, University of Florida - Gainesville.
Collaborative Grant - Seeking with Bess de Farber (Webinar)

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About: Grant-seeking is no longer an individual sport and this means that libraries are well positioned to benefit from their inherent collaborative environments. The Collaborative Grant-Seeking webinar will outline time-tested steps for establishing a culture of grantsmanship, developed at the University of Florida, for professionalizing the pursuit of grants by librarians and staff that includes: 1) creating an internal grantmaking program; 2) searching for appropriate grant opportunities for libraries; 3) developing workflows for preparing and submitting external proposals, and 4) building buy-in throughout the library. Examples of recently awarded grant projects will be featured.

About the Presenter: BESS DE FARBER has been the Grants Manager at the University of Florida Libraries since 2008, and previously served in the same position at the University of Arizona Libraries. She has provided grantsmanship instruction throughout the past 27 years for audiences including graduate-level library and information students, arts, museum, and social service agency professionals, and has led efforts to secure millions in grant funding for nonprofits and academic libraries. Her research interest is asset-based collaboration development. As a Certified Professional Facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators, she invented Collaborating with Strangers Workshops, under the umbrella of CoLAB Planning Series®, which are large group facilitated processes for individuals and organizations seeking new collaborative partnerships. This process has served more than 600 organizations and 1,800 individuals since 2002.

de Farber has served on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Arizona State Technology Research Initiative Fund, and The Children’s Trust in Dade County, Florida. As a program officer for the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, and also for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, she managed the allocation of over$10 million in grant funds for arts and culture, human and race relations, and social services. de Farber has served as a consultant to numerous organizations including the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, United Way agencies, and Community Foundations. She holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California. Her upcoming book, Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians, will be released by Rowman and Littlefield in April 2016:

The event is organized and sponsored by : Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) Information Technology Special Interest Group (IT SIG); Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC); Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH); Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies, of the University of Puerto Rico; Sobek Digital Hosting & Consulting; and SobekCM Open Source Repository Community.


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